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Monroe's Police Chief Announces Retirement
March 09, 2018
Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer
This report was first published 3/8/18 in the Breaking News column
(MONROE, WA.) – After 16 years on the job as Monroe’s top cop, Police Chief Tim Quenzer has announced that he’ll will be retiring from the department on May 1st.
Chief Quenzer has served as the city’s Chief Law Enforcement Official since April 18, 2002, overseeing thirty-two commissioned personnel and ten civilians.
Prior to joining the Monroe Police Department, Quenzer served as a member of the Washington State Patrol for 30 years where he worked his way up through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, District Commander and eventually Assistant Chief.
In a letter to Mayor Geoffrey Thomas, Quenzer writes, “When I came to Monroe I had a goal of helping the Police Department become the best in the State of Washington. I truly believe that goal has been accomplished, not just because of my actions, but because of the wonderful people in the Monroe Police Department. They truly are the ones who deserve the credit for the vast accomplishments that the Department has achieved since 2002.”
Quenzer also thanked the three city Mayors he has served under, “Donnetta Walser, Robert Zimmerman, and Geoffrey Thomas. I learned a great deal from each and appreciated the support they gave me and the Monroe Police Department. I would also like to thank the Monroe City council members who I had the privilege to serve, in the last 16 years.”
He also thanked the current council, some of who “have become good friends and have given me some good advice.”
Quenzer had high praise for Chief Cherie Harris of the Kirkland Police Department, Deputy Chief Ken Ginnard and Administrative Director Debbie Willis both of the Monroe PD for providing him with “ideas, advice (even if I didn’t want to hear it at times) and support” and for his wife Kim who encouraged him, supported him all these years and “yes, gave me advice.”
Mayor Thomas shared the contents of Quenzer’s letter at the Monroe city council meeting Tuesday evening. Thomas said Quenzer will be “greatly missed” by many people in the city and that city staffers offer their “congratulations on a well-earned retirement and our best wishes to him and his family for continued success, happiness, and good health in the years to come.”